Ireland draws criticism for blanket ban on smoking

Ireland
is set to launch a blanket ban on smoking in the workplace with employers
mainly responsible for enforcing the new law.

The
Government is to introduce legislation that will outlaw smoking in all enclosed
workplaces including pubs, clubs and restaurants from 29 March.

The
ban will go ahead despite criticism from employers, with many claiming it will
be impossible to enforce.

The
law is designed to protect employees from secondhand smoke. People caught
breaking the rules will face fines of up to £2,000.

By Ross Wigham

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